Oakland Mayor Faces Recall Over Spike In Crime

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao is facing a recall election in November after crime spiked in the city since she took office, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The “Recall Sheng Thao” effort received enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, with the city clerk’s office verifying 40,000 signatures, meeting the 25,000-signature threshold, according to the Chronicle. Crime in Oakland skyrocketed in 2023, when Oakland lacked a police chief for nearly a whole year, with a city-wide crime report showing motor vehicle theft was up 44%, robbery up 38%, violent crime up 21% and overall crime up 17%.